Questions tagged [image-quality]

Image quality describes how well a photograph matches a perceived technical ideal.

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Why do these images taken at significantly different ISO appear equal in quality?

How come I can't tell the difference in quality of these two photos, even though one is shot at ISO 160, and the other at 1600 ? Note: EXIF data has been stripped from images below by imgur saving ...
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Is there any reason to take 3 RAW/JPG images to get most from HDR?

I'm new to photography and what I've seen so far: ViewNX allow me to change exposure +2/-2 stops in RAW HDR is about larger dynamic range and merging shadow details from overexposed image with ...
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Why color and saturation is less on compact than on DSLR?

So basically I compare Nikon d5100 and Canon Powershoot and image contrast is mach lower on second camera. Is it because of compact sensor quality, or it is theoretically impossible to have great ...
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How to resize an image for web display?

I'm building some websites for a friend of mine, and putting them up on my home webserver. This server is pretty simple and my network connection ain't that good so the images take pretty long to ...
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Is it possible for a lens to produce too much contrast?

I came across a complaint that a certain lens produces too much contrast. The lens was described as rendering "cartoonish" contrast when shooting a portrait with diffused light from a window, where ...
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Is there are any difference in quality between Large Fine JPG and converted NEF?

Assume that I do not want to do any post-processing, such as white balancing, etc. I would like to preserve the best resolution (for possible cropping). So the question is: Are there any quality ...
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Why picture quality decreasing with very big apperture? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicates: What is a “diffraction limit”? Why are my photos taken at f/11 less sharp than those taken at a wider aperture? I have made 3 landscape pictures with f/12, f/...
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How do I properly determine which camera is better in low light?

This question is motivated by the fact that I'm trying to decide between the the Canon 5D Mark III and the Nikon D800. I really would prefer the one that will perform better in low light. As far as I ...
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Does the higher price lens always reflect better quality regardless of it being 3rd party or not?

When looking at various lenses you will see the camera manufacturer lenses made by the camera manufacturer. Then you will see other 3rd party lenses (Tamron, Sigma, etc). Does it pay to get the ...
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Can I get better image quality with a higher focal length or by cropping an image from a sharper lens?

Two well known ways to get better image quality are to use a sharper lens, and to zoom in to fill the frame (as opposed to zooming out and cropping in post). Sometimes there is a give and take between ...
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Image Quality of Shooting at 3MP then resizing to 1MP vs Shooting at 1MP [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Does it give higher quality to shoot in low-res mode in-camera, or to downsize high-res photos later? I want my final image to be stored at 1MP and I want it to be in the best ...
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What post-processing tricks can be used to improve the quality of photos taken with the on-camera flash?

I know that the on-camera flash tends to produce poor images in general (the subjects are washed out, and the light from the flash isn't very powerful). But... sometimes there's no other choice but ...
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Image Quality of Canon 18-135 IS compared to 28-135 IS USM?

I have the Canon 28-135 IS USM lens and I am pondering replacing it with the newer 18-135. I know I'll be giving up the USM and FTM focus and gaining 10mm on the wide end (replacing my old kit lens)...
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Does reducing JPG resolution decrease, increase, or have no effect on image quality?

I'm getting ready to download a bunch of images from microstock photo agency Dreamstime. I'll eventually want most of the images in the 400x300 pixel range for my website when I'm done working with ...
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What can I do to improve my composition on rejected food photos?

I have been working on improving my food photography skills to raise the overall look of my blog. I am shooting with a Sony A100 often a 50mm in natural light. I think I am doing pretty well so far ...
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What's the max size a photo can be enlarged while preserving the same image quality? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Is it possible to increase the pixel density of an image? Is there a general formula for image size vs. print size? Can one of the many photo editors max a photo automatically ...
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Can a video camera produce a high quality still photo shoot?

I have a high-end digital video camera able to output a higher number of megapixels than my digital photo camera. This is true only when using the camera to take stills. Is there anything that's going ...
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If shoot pictures in 10.0 mode or 12.0 what is quality?

If my camera is shooting in 10.0 or 12.0...what will my megapixels be? I am a beginner and I know I need them to be at least 1600x1200 for my purpose.
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How does a glare arise in images?

I know am sounding dumb but i have not been able to find a correct definition of glare What are the reasons it props up into images For example am taking a photograph of a fruit in diffuse light : ...
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Are there any important considerations for stock photos?

I have quite a few photos, some of which I consider to be particularly good. I've been thinking of putting some up on stock photo sites (that's another discussion), but have been wondering about image ...
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How can I improve the sharpness of my pictures? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How I could take crisp sharp shots without expensive lens? I have software to correct sharpness, the one I use the most in Linux is darktable. But post-processing never ...
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What is the meaning of these Photodune reasons for rejection?

I wanted some advice, I am new to photography, I posted an image on Photodune for sale and it was rejected because of: Element or framing composition Noise, exposure, lighting or saturation Chromatic ...
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Image being corrupted in DSLR [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Why do my images get distorted on my Nikon DSLR? I have been shooting with my D90 for quite sometime and I have just encountered the following problem. What could have cause ...
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How to take sharp photos while using maximum optical zoom?

When I shoot with high zoom (above 3X on my point-and-shoot camera), the sharpness of the picture seems to come down. Is it a feature of all cameras or is it due to higher sensitivity to camera shakes ...
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How does the megapixel-count and the aperture size affect the quality of the image from a given lens?

I have read that some lenses don't "support" high resolutions, so, for example, for some lenses (e.g. Nikkor 16-85 VR ), it's better to shoot at 9MP, instead of shooting at 16MP. Is this the case ...
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How to improve quality of pictures that are already taken (if possible in GIMP)?

I'm not a photographer but a graphic designer. In GIMP, I only discovered two methods of improving the quality of an photo: Filters > Enhance > Unsharp Mask Noise > HSV Noise Basically, I ...
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Export options for printing with Aperture 3

I am about to get my pictures published in a magazine. I am going send the pictures to the publisher, thus not printing them myself. Therefore I am curious about how to export the pictures ...
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If I'm happy with the speed, do I really need a faster class 10 or 30MB/s card for my DSLR?

My camera came with 4GB class 10, 30 MB/sec card. I wanted to upgrade to high capacity memory card but I was skeptical, a lower speed card such as class 10, 20MB/sec will cripple my camera when I use ...
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How does taking lower-resolution pictures with a higher-resolution sensor affect image quality?

Does taking a picture with 8 megapixel resolution with my Canon IXUS with a 1/2.3" sensor and 12M max resolution provides the same or worse image quality (particular, noise) as if the picture was ...
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Where can I get good criticism for my photos? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Where to get community-based feedback on my photos online? How do I give someone a critique of their photograph? So one way to learn something and to be good at it is to let ...
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Are there objective tests showing the the impact of a lens hood on image quality where there is no obvious flare?

I am familiar with the function of a lens hood, and I can understand that they could help to improve the contrast of pictures. However, I'm not convinced whether a lens hood does make all that much of ...
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How can I test a new lens to make sure it is operating correctly?

How can I test a new lens to make sure it is operating correctly? I found two similar questions with answers specific to things such as sharpness and focus, but I want to cover any and all possible ...
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Is technical perfection necessary for an artistically awe-inspiring photograph?

What is your feeling in front of an awe-inspiring photograph (with really good composition, light, color, depth of field, etc.) but with unsatisfactory technical qualities (for example: JPEG artefacts,...
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When shooting in mRAW or sRAW, how does the camera generate smaller files?

Most mid- and high-end DLSRs offer two or three sizes for RAW capture. When the camera is generating the medium or small sized RAW files, how does it make them smaller? Does it capture less ...
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Is an entry-level DSLR good enough for portrait photography?

I'm looking into starting a small at home portrait photography business mostly as a hobby for now, and I'm wondering if the camera I have now (Nikon D3000) is good enough for portrait photography. I'...
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What makes a good sample image for ISO comparison?

To be more specific this image is always used by Digital Photography School for ISO comparison. What are those features that make this image suitable for ISO comparison.
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What is the influence of the camera on the performance of a lens?

Shouldn't a lens be good or bad independently of the camera it is used with? After seeing these reviews at DxOMark I got confused. By changing the camera where the lenses are tested I get different ...
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What is the difference between image size and image quality?

I have a Casio EX-S12. It has a setting for image size, but also a separate setting for what it calls "image quality". There are three image quality values: "Fine", "Normal", and "Economy". The Casio ...
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Scratches on negatives - me or them?

I've recently dug out my old SLR camera again. I've just got the prints and scans back from a reputable high-street company and I'm not very impressed with the results. For example: There's a big ...
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What is the best technology for large, permanent digital printing?

Few questions: What is the best printer/plotter for printing large format images (best means best visual quality) What material and inkjet is the most permanent? I'm thinking of printing images and ...
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How do I find the aperture that produces the highest-quality images for a given lens?

I'm not talking about large aperture (f/1.8, f/2.8...), rather, about small apertures (f/18, f/20, f/23...). I read somewhere (actually I think it was on this site, but I don't exactly remember which ...
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How can I improve the results of my proprietary RAW processing pipeline?

I am doing some experiment with Raw image processing using two post processing tools: Adobe PhotoShop (PS) CS5 Proprietary Image processing pipeline code. Data Capture: I captured some raw images ...
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What's a good lens for my Canon G7?

I'm not a professional photographer, but I use my camera on a regular basis to photograph my familiy and activities I attend. I own a Canon G7 (older version of the G11) and instead of upgrading to a ...
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How can I get objective, numerical Image Quality measurements for my photos?

I intend to take some raw images using my Canon-450D, and process them offline using some tool. Then I need to get some objective(numerical) metrics for those images like Image Noise, Image Sharpness(...
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How do the Pentax 18-55mm and 18-135mm compare in image quality?

I've been reading a lot about the Pentax DA 18-135mm lens and its performance compared to other lenses. I've heard that this lens is very soft at 135mm regardless of aperture. However, I've also ...
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Do you suggest using an extender/tele converter with a Macro lens such as Canon 100mm f2.8 macro lens?

Do you suggest using a teleconverter with a dedicated macro lens? I have tried out using a Kenko TC with canon macro lens - however I am not 100% satisfied with the "extra" magnification that I got on ...
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What is decentering?

I have heard of a condition in imperfect lenses known as "decentering". What is decentering? When a lens is decentered, what exactly is wrong with the optical elements? What are its symptoms and ...
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Are there websites which compare digital cameras based on technical image quality?

There are lot of sites, which compare digital cameras by parameters, user experience and etc. I looking for a website which has some kind of procedure to test image quality and compares digital ...
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How can one determine the ideal resampling algorithm for a given type of image?

Was reading this question and got to thinking. How exactly can you determine what the best resampling solution is? I have a concept, albeit somewhat vague, of what the basic methods do. Are there ...